First of all I want to thank you all again for all you've done for me over the past month while I've waited for colonoscopy. All of your advice and experiences have really helped me.
So I had my colonoscopy today. Like most everyone has said the prep was by far the worst part of the whole thing. I did the miralax prep with ducolax. The miralax part was nothing. Obviously I was running to the bathroom like crazy, didn't make it once, but was in no discomfort what so ever and I wasn't nauseated or anything from it. Then an hour after I was done with the miralax stuff I was supposed to take 4 ducolax. So I did. Oh my! I was in so much pain for hours after that. Severe cramping like you wouldn't believe. My poor butt was so sore from wiping so much too...like burning pain. Anyway I don't have to go into how the rest of the night was because obviously most of you know pretty much lol.
Today I went to the hospital, they got me in pretty quick. The doc that was doing the scope was a doc I had never met. I only met with the practice's physician's assistant because it was an emergency appt to get my colonoscopy scheduled. The office said I probably wouldn't get to talk to the doc at all before or after my procedure which I wasn't happy about at all. I sucked it up and made a list of all my concerns for my boyfriend to talk to the doc about after the procedure. Luckily the doc did come in to talk to me beforehand because he knew nothing of my case, but a very general description. "change in bowel movement, rectal bleeding". his plan was a normal colonoscopy, basically just look and remove anything that shouldn't be there. Once I told him what was really going on he said he would biopsy various parts of my intestines thank goodness. I finally felt more comfortable. Then they did the IV started the drugs...I was still awake. The doc came in again to do the procedure...still very awake. Waited a couple of minutes and I finally asked if I should be feeling anything yet. At this point apparently they had already put in double what they do for other patients lol. So they put a little more in and still nothing so there was no more waiting...we were doing this fully awake. Did the whole scope and was in no discomfort whatsoever. The only thing that hurt was my poor rubbed raw from toliet paper bumhole (as I've seen others refer to it lol). He couldn't find a cause for my bleeding, found one small polyp, and did 6 or 7 biopsies of different areas just in case. I talked to him during the whole thing because I wanted all of my questions answered plus it helped keep my anxiety down to know exactly what he was doing. I think I was starting to talk too much though...just a vibe I was getting...so I quieted down a little after I got my answers lol. Obviously I remember everything.
So off to recovery I went fully with it. The one nurse asked the one who helped with my procedure how I did and she just said "she was fully awake for the whole thing" then the nurse who asked told me "you're supposed to take the free nap". lol. I don't think medicare would agree with the free comment. My boyfriend got to join me in recovery and was shocked by how well I was doing. Another woman was soon rolled in and was asking the nurses where she was and if they did her procedure yet...I looked at my boyfriend and said, "see that's how I'm supposed to be!". Oh well. Anyway it went very well and now I just wait for my results in a week to two weeks. If nothing shows up and I'm still sick, which I probably will be since a colonoscopy isn't going to cure anything, I have to go for an endoscope. I hope they use different sedation or whatever because I really don't want to be awake or remember that! That totally scares me more than a colonoscopy. So I'll keep you all updated. I've been home for over 7 hours now and no problems. A tiny bit of bleeding, but that's what I was told would happen so no worries.
Hopefully this post makes sense...the drugs hit me a bit after I got home so I've been a bit foggy in the head.
Bipolar, panic disorder, PTSD, PCOS, hashimoto's disease/hypothyroidism, acid reflux, and in the process of being diagnosed with either crohns, colitis, or even lupus...who knows really! the docs sure don't lol. Now possibly even celiacs disease!Lots of tests coming up so hopefully I'll know more soon. Too many meds to list!